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The WEAVE prime focus Correction: from design to integration

SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2018 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (2018)

A Tomás, M Canchado, JM Casalta, F Dalmases, O Maroto, C Martín-Nuño, A Romero, JAL Aguerri, JM Herreros, JM Delgado, JA Burgal, DC Abrams, K Dee, E Lhomé, G Dalton, K Middleton, P Bonifacio, SC Trager, A Vallenari, E Carrasco

WEAVE is a new wide-field multi-object spectroscopy (MOS) facility proposed for the prime focus of the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope (WHT), situated on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. To allow for the compensation of the effects of temperature-induced and gravity-induced image degradation, the WEAVE prime focus assembly will be translated along the telescope optical axis. The assembly comprises the prime focus corrector (PFC), a central mount for the corrector known as FTS[1], an instrument rotator and a twin-focal-plane fibre positioner. SENER, that manufactured and delivered the FTS, is also responsible for the final design, manufacturing, integration, alignment and testing of the PFC and its ancillary equipment. This manuscript describes the final design of the PFC along with the analyses and simulations performed and presents the procedures for the integration and alignment of the lenses in the corrector.

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